Guatemala's former de facto president Jose Efrain Rios Montt is on trial for charges of war crimes and genocide committed under his brutal rule in the 1980s. After avoiding prosecution for nearly 30 years, Rios Montt faces a list of charges that shines a spotlight on the country's unpleasant past.
After news of this experimentation on Guatemalan prisoners and mental health patients came to light last year, President Obama's bioethics commission launched a review of government research on human subject.
Narcotics smuggling through Central America has led to the loss of as much as 1 million acres of forest over the past decade. Illegal cash from cocaine trafficking is sometimes laundered by clearing forests for cattle ranching and other legitimate ventures.
The state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico is still recovering from the strongest earthquake to hit the country in a century. The epicenter of the damage occurred on the main route that Central American migrants travel on to the US, complicating their journey north.
Lidia Florentino Cumes Cumez is one of several women working on a project to paint the 800 homes of Santa Catarina Palopó using colors and designs created by indigenous women that imitate their traditional weavings. Nearly 50 homes have been painted thus far, and 150 are on a waitlist for the next round.
Belsy Garcia Manrique, a 27-year-old medical student in Chicago, came to the US from Guatemala as a child and is protected under DACA. But her 51-year-old father Felix Garcia is scheduled for deportation after 23 years in the US.